Azure AD Connect: New version 1.1.561.0 available

A new version of Azure AD Connect is available since yesterday.

This release expands the scope of automatic upgrade to a wider scope, so there is an action needed if you don’t want that:

The scope expansion of the Automatic Upgrade feature affects customers with Azure AD Connect build 1.1.105.0 and after. If you do not want your Azure AD Connect server to be automatically upgraded, you must run following cmdlet on your Azure AD Connect server: 

Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState disabled.

 

You can download the new version from HERE.

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AADConnect 1.1 SyncScheduler Issue: DateTime Error and Scheduler not working

I recently installed Azure AD Connect 1.1 (Build 1.1.105.0) in my demolab.
I installed on a fresh Windows Server 2012 R2 with latest hotfixes and done the following:

  • Install AADC in Custom Setting Mode
  • Done all settings (which are not relevant to that issue)
  • Disabled direct start of Scheduler to modify sync rules
  • Re-Run AADC Wizard and activated the now internal Scheduler

But when checking SyncCycle within the Sync Service Manager I cloud not see any syncs.

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New Release: Azure AD Connect 1.1 is GA

A new release of Azure AD Connect is now GA, its version number is 1.1 or build 1.1.105.0.

Check the download page here and also the release version history here.
There is also a post on Alex Directoy Blog with some more details on the new features.

This are the new features and fixed issues in that release, as you can see it brings some new main features:

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AADConnect: Updated build (1.0.8667) available

If you look at the current download page of Azure AD Connect (AADC) you will see there is a new build (Version 1.0.8667) available since 8/20/2015.

Azure AD Connect Download Page

You can get a list of improvements and fixes here:

Azure AD Connect: Version Release History

 

Azure AD Connect (AADConnect) now generally available (GA)

Today I saw the announcement of GA of AADConnect on the Microsoft Directory blog:

You can download the binaries from here.

AADConnect is a complete replacement and enhancement to DirSync and also AADSync.
With the release of this RTM both older tools should be in your mind as deprecated.

Here are some features provides by AADConnect:

  • Enable your users to perform self-service password reset in the cloud with write-back to on premises AD
  • Enable provisioning from the cloud with user write back to on premises AD
  • Enable write back of “Groups in Office 365” to on premises distribution groups in a forest with Exchange
  • Enable device write back so that your on-premises access control policies enforced by ADFS can recognize devices that registered with Azure AD. This includes the recently announced support for Azure AD Join in Windows 10.
  • Sync custom directory attributes to your Azure Active Directory tenant and consume it from your cloud applications
  • Multi Forest Support
  • Wizard for setting up ADFS and WAP Server directly from the main wizard via Remote PowerShell
  • Staging Mode for testing or other purposes

Keep in mind even this is a RTM you will eventually face some issues because some of the features like user writeback are still in preview in Azure AD.

In addition Azure AD Connect health has also reached GA.

 

Note2Self: Directory Integration Tools Overview

If you’re asking yourself the question which of the current directory tools to chose, here is some help:

I found this nice overview in the Azure MSDN library documentation:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn757582.aspx

On that documentation still FIM 2010 R2 with WAAD Connector is listed as an option, but you should not use that for any new deployments anymore, beside you have very special requirements (like multitenant) and only using that scenario as in interim solution until AADConnect will support that in future.

 

Preview 2 of Azure AD Connect (AADConnect) is available

Yesterday (on March 20. 2015) Microsoft released the next preview of the cloud (bridge) synchronization tool AADConnect (called Public Preview March 2015).

You can download and test the “fresh” release via the Microsoft Connect site for AADConnect.

Beside the features of the last preview like multi-forest support, password write-back you can now also test group and user write-back from the cloud to on-prem AD.

AADConnect can also setup your ADFS and WAP servers directly from the AADConnect wizard for using SSO with ADFS.
Some of the features (like write-back’s) require a Azure AD Premium license.

The new Preview of AADConnect also provides a very new “neat” feature, beside filter on-premise objects to be synchronized to the cloud by organizationalUnit and attribute values, you are now able to filter objects based on on-premise (AD) group membership. (See screenshots below).

Also the hint for not using this in production has gone, so if you need to implement this right now, contact product group for more information and joining a TAP program.

I’ve done a fast install and configuration in advanced mode:

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